That's the thing...you guys belittle the stabbing, but to me the worst part of it: Battles should be fought on the tennis court. Let Graf vs Seles do their thing...no, Parche had to go and ruin everything. Another German looney changing history, in this case tennis history.
Thank You for a reasonably polite response Bandabou.
I don't think we "belittle" the stabbing. I just think we take it for what it is/was, and move on. I think a lot of people get caught up with the emotion and Gunther Parche's intentions, etc. But you have to move forward, cause time has.
I think they're some of us who say "was she hurt, could she play; okay", and move on?
It's nothing personal or insensitive. Besides the nature of her mild physical injuries, how is this any different than what other players experience?
Yes, she was accosted by a deranged German Fool, and it very likely affected the course of tennis history (by some observers). But you can make the other argument, "what about other players that we know and don't know about that suffered their own physical and psychological injuries, and over come them"?
Most importantly, why did Seles let this fool (Parch) win, if she was physically able to play, and so many of her stans think she could of been one of the greatest???
No one blames Monica. But at the same time, other players may have handled it differently? And who's to say there wouldn't have been something else in Monica's life (besides boredom, her weight, physical conditioning, a better Steffi, etc.) that slowed her down?
Yes, Parche was a fool. And we are lucky that he was dumb enough he didn't seriously injure Monica. Some how we never look at it that way. We only mourn for the psychological roadblock, it more than likely created for Seles in the future.
Other players, may have taken that blessing (not being seriously injured, and able to play), and ran with it.